Alternative Press

June 2000

Roll Tape: Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails' founder is anything but fragile.

What was the response to NIN in the rest of the world?

Really good. We wanted to catch the rest of the world up with America because we've never really had the resources to tour outside the States much due to shitty record labels. Walking onstage in Barcelona and having everybody know the lyrics to "Somewhat Damaged" was pretty weird.

You said on an MTV.com Web chat that you would stay on tour forever to promote The Fragile.

I was being dramatic. Here's what I'm faced with: The only thing that has ever gotten the word out on NIN was touring. So I either let the record vanish I do whatever it takes to get the word out. That means touring. When we're done, we'll go do some festivals in Europe. And then I'll assess the situation. If people are still interested here, I'll go out for another round, if it's done in another context.

Any new record plans?

The mysterious Tapeworm project and another thing from me are my priorities at the moment. Clint (Mansell, formerly of Pop Will Eat Itself) is doing another record right now.

Filter's Rich Patrick: wacky person or genuine loser?

I don't know what has short-circuited with that guy lately. I genuinely like Rich and I know that he's the kind of guy where you add a little fame to the situation and the personality-distortion machine kicks into full-gear and it has to run its course.

Did all of the people who were genuine music fans 10 years ago give up music for marriage, mortgages, and kids? Are we like the last soldiers stranded on a remote island and nobody has told us the war is over?

I think there's a truth to what you are saying, but I also think that the love of music didn't die off with our generation. I think that people still innately want to be challenged. I can't believe that people think that what's out there now is great. I don't think everyone is lined up at the candy machine waiting for the next 'N Sync single to poop out. I'm going to keep plugging away at what I think is good. You can sit back and bitch about it, or you can try to change it.

True

You're gonna sit back and bitch about it. [Laughs]

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